Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
on Wednesday 27th June 2018
On view:
Sunday 24th June: 12noon to 4pm
Monday 25th June: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 26th June: 10am to 5pm
Lots: 201-252 of 516
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Lot 201
‡ AN INDO-PERSIAN ARM DEFENCE (BAZU BAND), 19TH CENTURY
of characteristic gutter-shaped form, retaining a small number of butted mail links and four buckles for attachment (wrist-plate missing), the interior with red fabric lining, and the outer surface etched with stylised calligraphy enclosing panels of seated figures in traditional garb within a framework of scrolling foliage and animals, all enriched with gold
40.9 cm; 16 in

Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 202
‡ A MORO TRIBESMANS SHIRT, 19TH CENTURY
formed of thick brass butted links, extending to the upper thigh and the top of the arms, the front and back with rows of horn plaques, the main frontal plates enriched with small chased white metal plaques and with a pair of catches for closure (one incomplete, some plaques cracked, small losses)
Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 203
AN INDIAN MAIL SHIRT, LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY
of notable weight, formed entirely of large butted rings of circular-section wire, with a large rounded neck-opening, elbow-length sleeves and a hip-length skirt (heavily oxidised overall)
71 cm; 28 in
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 204
A PARTIAL NORTH INDIAN ARMOUR OF MAIL AND FABRIC, 19TH CENTURY
comprising collar, cuirass and arm-defences each of crimson cotton having its edges beaded within green silk, and overlain with mail of small rings formed of iron and copper wire in both case of circular-section, and covered over at its edges with gold brocade strips, the copper rings arranged within those of iron in a wavy lozenge-shaped trellis-pattern, the upstanding collar opening at the front and extending over the shoulders, the cuirass having straight upper and lower edges and closed down the front with four green silk ties and pairs of loose rings, and the arm-guards each cut away at the inside of the elbow, terminating in mittens and closed at the inside the arm by three green silk ties and loose rings en suite with those of the cuirass (the mail oxidised throughout and showing some small holes, and the fabric showing some wear); and mounted on a stand of wood steel and perspex
Estimate:  £1500 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 205
AN INDIAN POWDER FLASK, 19TH CENTURY
with iron body of compressed horn-shaped form decorated with gilt scrollwork and details, the base formed as a gaping monster with turquoise eyes, fitted with spring cut-off, and a loop for suspension
17.2 cm; 6 3/4 in overall

Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 206
TEN INDIAN ARROWS, 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ORISSA
with long tapering pointed cylindrical heads for piercing armour, bamboo hafts and carved nocks
approx 71.0 cm; 28 in
(10)

Estimate:  £300 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 207
FOURTEEN INDIAN ARROWS, 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ORISSA
with small leaf-shaped heads stepped at the base and with short sockets, bamboo hafts and carved bone nocks (nine nocks missing)
approx. 78.0 cm; 30 3/4 in
(14)

Estimate:  £280 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 208
TWELVE INDIAN ARROWS, 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY ORISSA
with small reinforced leaf-shaped heads, short tapering sockets, bamboo hafts and carved nocks (four nocks missing)
approx. 76.0 cm; 30 in
(12)
Estimate:  £240 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 209
A PAINTED INDONESIAN BOW, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
of curved tapering wood thickening towards the centre, decorated with traditional scrollwork, foliage and flowers inhabited by stylised animals in polychrome (losses)
154.0 cm; 60 5/8 in

Estimate:  £80 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 210
‡ AN INDO-PERSIAN DECORATED COMPOSITE BOW, 18TH CENTURY
of wrapped hide and sinew, the inner and outer surfaces painted with a central slender polychrome panel over the greater part of its height, the top and bottom each with a panel of gilt flowers and foliage on a red ground on the inside, and the terminals painted with brief inscriptions including 'aqibat ba khayr bad "May the end be good" (small losses)
94.5 cm; 37 1/4 in




Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 211
‡ AN INDIAN DECORATED QUIVER AND NINE ARROWS, 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY MUGHAL
the quiver of leather covered in red velvet embroidered in silver thread with scrolling foliage inhabited by exotic birds (worn, losses), the arrows with bamboo shafts each retaining some polychrome decoration and flights
the quiver 59.0 cm; 23 ¼ in
(10)

For a related quiver see Ricketts and Missillier 1988, p.109, no. 184 and p.189.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 212
‡ A PAINTED BOW, PROBABLY OTTOMAN TURKISH 18TH CENTURY
of recurved form, with tapering nocks, moulded for a grip in the centre, the outer surface with some wrapped hide and early painted finish including arabesques and flowers (losses)
69.0 cm; 27 1/8 in

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 213
AN AFRICAN SPEAR, 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
with leaf-shaped blade tapering socket decorated with incised ornament, on its wooden haft with spiked basal finial
49.5 cm; 19 1/2 in head

Estimate:  £60 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 214
§A RARE AFRICAN ENGRAVED IVORY BANGLE, 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY CONGO
engraved with two ships on the outside, the inside painted with an early inventory number '1592A'
12.0 cm; 4 3/4 in

Provenance
John Hewett, London
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 215
§AN ABYSSINIAN SWORD (SHOTEL), LATE 19TH CENTURY
with characteristically curved double-edged blade formed with pair of fullers, rhinoceros horn hilt, silver pommel button, in its hide scabbard
65.5 cm; 25 3/4 in blade


Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 216
A PAPUA NEW GUINEAN CLUB (MASSIM CULTURE), LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
of dark wood with spatulate blade and carved grip with flattened bulbous pommel hollowed at its centre on each face (small chips)
72.0 cm; 28 1/3 in overall
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 217
AN AFRICAN BRONZE CAR MASCOT, MID-20TH CENTURY
formed as an African male holding a flintlock gun and threaded at the base
13.2 cm; 5 1/4 in

Estimate:  £50 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 218
A WHALEBONE HARPOON, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY, PROBABLY INUIT
with whalebone spike turned with a pair of collars at the base and pierced for the thong, on a wooden haft
18.5 cm; 7 1/4 in head

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 219
FOUR AMERICAN INDIAN ARROWS AND A BOW, 20TH CENTURY
the arrows comprising one with barbed head, two with spiked head and one with spearhead, each on its bamboo haft with feather flight, the bow of hardwood
the longest arrow 190.5 cm; 75 in
(5)
Estimate:  £100 - 120 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 220
A FINE 22 BORE INDO-ARAB SILVER AND SILVER-GILT MOUNTED MATCHLOCK RIFLE, LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY OMAN
with etched twist Turkish barrel formed in three stages, rifled with eight grooves, encrusted with gold scrolls and arabesque designs, the forward portion of 'hog's back' form, the median octagonal, and stamped with a mark and the breech incorporating a standing back-sight, retained by a silver gilt filigree band at the muzzle and a series of silver bands decorated with gilt flowerhead panels, the forward retaining its tassel and with a loop for suspension, gold-encrusted tang, the action enclosed by engraved silver panels, fitted with chiselled iron serpentine and match-holder, hardwood full stock, fitted with a chased silver panel about the trigger, the butt applied with numerous silver and silver gilt shaped panels and flowerheads enriched with dome-headed nails, fitted with a bulbous butt-cap inlaid with mother-of-pearl plaques between twisted silver wire lines, iron suspension loop opposite the lock and retaining its wooden ramrod with iron terminal and chased silver finial engraved with foliage
109.2 cm; 43.0 cm barrel

Omani barrels were frequently imported from India and Persia and are encountered throughout the Nejd country, the Hejaz and the Yemen. The barrel and stock decoration of the present gun is notably elaborate. Less richly embellished examples of similar form are preserved in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait. See Elgood 1995, p.181.

Estimate:  £4000 - 7000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 221
A 28 BORE INDIAN MATCHLOCK GUN, 19TH CENTURY
with twist sighted barrel retained by six slender shaped brass bands, that over the breech enclosing a standing iron back-sight, integral iron pan with brass pivot-cover, later iron serpentine operated by a pierced iron trigger, the action enclosed by a large border-engraved brass plaque on each side, wooden full stock (fore-end replaced), slender faceted butt applied with a brass inventory tag 'S.M. 148' on the right, and brass butt cap (ramrod missing)
121.5 cm; 47 3/4 in barrel

Estimate:  £350 - 450 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 222
A 60 BORE NORTH AFRICAN SNAPHAUNCE GUN, MOROCCO, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel moulded at the muzzle and retained by numerous iron and brass bands, fitted with a standing back-sight at the breech, iron lock of characteristic form, full stock partly encased in iron over the fore-end, the forward portion of the butt inlaid with twisted wire, pigments, and minute bone pellets, and the rear portion inset with large segments of bone encased in iron, engraved brass trigger-guard and iron ramrod
121.5 cm; 47 7/8 in barrel


Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 223
§A 22 BORE NORTH AFRICAN OTTOMAN TOE-LOCK GUN, ALGERIA, LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY
with octagonal barrel retained by four embossed silver bands each decorated with flowers and scrollwork, standing back-sight, external iron lock faced in brass and cut with a brief inscription on the lower edge, the principle parts applied with silver chased with scrollwork, iron baluster trigger, full stock inlaid with engraved silver flowerheads (small losses), inlaid with openwork panels on each side of the fore-end, one set with a coral, engraved silver trigger-plate, faceted butt (small repairs), and ivory butt-cap (sling swivels and ramrod missing)
134.5 cm; 53 in barrel

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 224
A 20 BORE NORTH AFRICAN (KABYLE) SNAPHAUNCE MUSKET, 19TH CENTURY AND ANOTHER, 20 BORE
the first with sighted barrel retained by a series of white metal bands, iron lock inlaid with a brass scrollwork panel, wooden full stock, and the butt encrusted with domed nails (worn throughout, ramrod missing); the second with signed barrel, plain iron lock, full stock , with its iron ramrod
the first: 134.7 cm; 53 in barrel
(2)

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 225
TWO NORTH AFRICAN SNAPHAUNCE KABLYE MUSKETS AND THREE AFRICAN PISTOLS, 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
the first two with tapering barrels retained by numerous brass bands, rudimentary iron locks, wooden full stocks inlaid with engraved plaques on the butts, the first enriched with studs and each with iron ramrod; the third and fourth with snaphaunce locks and rounded butts (worn throughout)
the first: 114.5 cm; 45 in barrel
(5)


Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 226
‡ A 28 BORE INDIAN MATCHLOCK GUN (TORADOR), 19TH CENTURY
with sighted shortened barrel retained by three slender metal bands, the rearmost enclosing the back-sight, breech with integral pan with pivot-cover, enclosed action with pierced serpentine and shaped trigger, full wooden stock (shortened) with traces of painted decoration, and iron ramrod
47.0 cm; 18 1/2 in barrel
Estimate:  £150 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 227
A PAIR OF 16 BORE BALKAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with tapering sighted barrels each formed with a long flat, engraved in imitation of a signature and chiselled with foliage over the breeches, scroll-engraved strongly bevelled locks fitted with cocks and steels decorated en suite, hardwood full stocks carved with foliage ahead of the locks, side-plates and about the tangs, the latter also involving a flowerhead, brass mounts including engraved solid side-plates, spurred pommels engraved and cast with foliage and engraved trigger-guards decorated with flowers and brass-tipped wooden ramrods, one perhaps the original
35.2 cm; 13 7/8 in barrels
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 228
A PAIR OF 16 BORE TURKISH FLINTLOCK KUBUR PISTOLS, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrels formed in two stages, engraved with faux European signatures and retained by chased silver muzzle bands, engraved rounded locks, full stocks profusely inlaid with white metal wire scrolls and pellets, white metal mounts including trigger-guards decorated with crescents, solid side-plates and spurred pommels, and each with imitation silver metal ramrod
28.0 cm; 11 in barrels
(2)

Estimate:  £350 - 550 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 229
§A 16 BORE NORTH AFRICAN SNAPHAUNCE MUSKET, MOROCCO, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering sighted barrel engraved with scrolls and enriched with brass and silver, retained by a series of engraved brass bands (one damaged), engraved lock retained by three side nails and also decorated with brass, hardwood full stock with pronounced butt inlaid with silver wire scrolls and ivory butt cap (ramrod missing)
119.7 cm; 47 1/4 in barrel


Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 230
AN 18 BORE NORTH AFRICAN SNAPHAUNCE PISTOL, MOROCCO, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel formed in two stages, encrusted with a slender brass band around the muzzle and inlaid with engraved brass and white metal panels over the breech and retained by two chased brass bands, iron lock struck with a mark and decorated en suite with the breech (the upper three quarters of the cock missing), full stock inlaid with brass wire scrolls opposite the lock, brass mounts comprising trigger-guard and spurred pommel
30.8 cm; 12 1/8 in barrel

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 231
‡ A 20 BORE GREEK FLINTLOCK KUBUR PISTOL, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel profusely decorated with gold scrollwork and stylised calligraphy over its entire upper surface, retained by a white metal muzzle band cast with flowers and foliage and incorporating the fore-sight, stepped lock en suite with the barrel (small losses), full white metal stock cast with flowers and foliage in low relief, including a trophy-of-arms ahead on the trigger-guard (screws replaced), spirally moulded pommel, and imitation ramrod
31.5 cm; 12 3/8 in barrel


Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 232
A BALKAN WHITE METAL MOUNTED COMBINED RAMROD AND STILETTO, A POWDER-FLASK AND A SHOT OR POWDER MEASURE, GREECE, 19TH CENTURY
the first with slender polished blade, white metal scabbard forming the ramrod, and white metal grip with chain; the second of circular form, with domed outer face decorated with celestial motifs in niello, iron nozzle with pricker stopper; and the third with chased silver body and iron measure
the first: 32.5 cm; 12 3/4 in overall
(3)
Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 233
AN 18 BORE BALKAN FLINTLOCK KUBUR PISTOL, EARLY 19TH CENTURY; ANOTHER, EARLY 19TH CENTURY AND A TURKISH FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS,19TH CENTURY
the first with Italian barrel signed 'G. Sofiantino', chiselled with scrolls over the breech and retained by a chased white metal muzzle band (tang chipped), chiselled lock, full stock inlaid with gilt openwork brass over the spine of the butt and set with corals (losses), chiselled iron trigger-guard and spurred pommel; the second with two-stage barrel chiselled with a trophy over the breech, lock chiselled en suite full stock applied with large paste-set panels over the butt, and brass mounts (losses, worn, fore-end detached); the third with two-stage barrel flared at the muzzle, British regulation lock, full stock and iron mounts
the first: 26.2 cm; 10 3/8 in barrel
(3)
Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 234
A PAIR OF 16 BORE BELGIAN HOLSTER PISTOLS FOR THE EASTERN MARKET, LIČGE PROOF, CIRCA 1830
with etched twist swamped sighted barrels formed with long flats and engraved over the breeches, engraved tangs incorporating the back-sights, scroll-engraved flush-fitted locks fitted with 'French' cocks (one top-jaw detached, one cock missing), full stocks inlaid with white metal wire over the butts, cast and engraved brass mounts including trigger-guards, spurred pommels, side-plates and escutcheons all decorated with foliage, a pair of ramrod-pipes, and brass-tipped ramrods
20.0 cm; 11 in barrels
(2)

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 235
A EUROPEAN BRONZE SWORD, CIRCA 1100-800 B.C.
in excavated condition, cast in one piece, the blade widening towards the middle, formed with a low rounded ridge over its length and thickening towards the hilt, waisted at the forte, integral tang pierced with a pair of holes, vestigial rivets for attaching the grip, and 'fish-tail' pommel (the tip and the pommel with small chips)
54.2 cm; 21 3/8 in overall

The form of this sword is related to the Holme Pierrepoint type with its characteristic widely splayed shoulders, small pin rivets and ricasso notches. This group appears to be distributed largely in the British Isles extending into the Continent, especially Scandinavia. Of the four swords found in Britain, two have been discovered in the Trent Valley and two in the Thames Valley. See The British Museum online catalogue entry for object 1864, 0903.5.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 236
A COLLECTION OF LATE VIKING AND SAXON COPPER-ALLOY MOUNTS FOR STIRRUP SUSPENSION-STRAPS, 11TH CENTURY AND LATER
with relief cast decoration; and a Viking strap-end from Winchester
(11)

Mostly from Yorkshire and mostly illustrated in David Williams' book on the subject (see bibliography). For related examples see Mills 2001, pp. 78-82.
Estimate:  £80 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 237
A COLLECTION OF EIGHT MEDIEVAL AND TUDOR SWORD AND DAGGER-CHAPES, 15TH/16TH CENTURY AND LATER
including one of gilt copper-alloy engraved on each face with intertwined flowering branches involving the initials 'W.B.', one of gilt copper-alloy decorated on each face with rows of small shields on a blackened ground, one of lead-alloy decorated in shallow relief on both sides with a coat-of-arms, one of plain copper-alloy decorated with low-relief ornament rising on each face to a central trefoil, and a copper-alloy sword-locket
(9)
Estimate:  £80 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 238
A LARGE COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL BUCKLES, 12TH TO 17TH CENTURIES AND LATER, A FINELY MADE ONE-FIFTH SCALE MODEL OF A CLOSE HELMET, AND A PORTRAIT OF MAXIMILLIAN, 20TH CENTURY
the buckles of various patterns, including some with gilding and engraved decoration, one with traces of enamel, two medieval bronze loop-buckles and a buckle in the form of a lion passant; the helmet mounted in a domed glass display-case with a printed label
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 239
A GERMAN TWO-HAND SWORD, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
with earlier straight double-edged blade tapering to a sharp point and formed with a pair of near full length fullers on each face, struck with a brass inlaid running wolf mark on one face (small cracks, pitted) rectangular ricasso with engraved border, struck with a series of marks on each face including a Pi and cross and orb, fitted with a later crescentic lug (the other missing, tang repaired in its working life), iron cross-guard, comprising pair of drooping quillons with tightly scrolling terminals each with an additional lug front and back formed en suite, inner and outer ring-guard each filled with a fleur-de-lys, fluted globular pommel, decorated throughout with scrolls
132.5 cm; 52 1/8 in blade
Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 240
A TWO-HAND SWORD IN GERMAN LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
with flat double-edged wavy blade tapering to a sharp point, rectangular ricasso incorporating a pair of crescentic basal lugs, blackened iron hilt comprising a pair of down-curved spatulate quillons with small bud-shaped finials, a pair of basal arms with tightly scrolling terminals, inner and outer ring-guards each swelling in the centre and enclosing a further ring, plummet-shaped pommel, and elaborate leather-covered wooden grip
128.0 cm; 50 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 241
A RARE ENGLISH BACKSWORD WITH BRASS MORTUARY HILT, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 17TH CENTURY
with broad blade double-edged towards the point, cut with three slender fullers of differing length and struck with a pair of celestial masks on each face (pitted), symmetrical brass basket-hilt of characteristic form decorated with a pair of masks on the base, comprising a pair of vestigial langets, scrolling quillon struck 'M' crowned on the inside, knuckle-guard, two frontal bars joined by a vertical bar and fitted with a further scrolling bar, chiselled globular pommel, and later grip bound with plaited wire (losses) between brass collars
85.2 cm; 33 5/8 in blade

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 242
A NORTH EUROPEAN CAVALRY SWORD, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 17TH CENTURY
with tapering double-edged blade struck with a running wolf mark and inscribed with the spurious date '1441' within a short fuller on each face, asymmetrical iron hilt including inner and outer ring-guards each filled with a pierced sprung-in plate, outer-guard and knuckle-guard each interrupted by a globular moulding and joined by an S-shaped bar, thumb-ring, and compressed spherical pommel, and later grip
78.8 cm; 31 in blade

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 243
A SCOTTISH BASKET-HILTED BROADSWORD, MID-18TH CENTURY
with tapering blade formed with a rectangular ricasso, iron hilt of rounded bars carrying an alternating arrangement of rectangular and square panels with cusped borders, each pierced with a symmetrical arrangement of hearts and circles emphasised by incised lines and fluting (refreshed), short scrolling quillon, associated bun-shaped pommel and later grip
82.2 cm; 32 3/8 in blade


Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 246
A FINE FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH ENAMELLED AND GOLD CLOSE-PLATED SILVER HILT, LATE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY PARIS
with slender tapering German blade of hollow-triangular section (tip shortened), etched and gilt with scrolling foliage, a trophy-of-arms and the inscription 'Me Fecit Solingen' over the lower portion, silver hilt close-plated with gold, comprising oval shell-guard engraved on the outer face with a central floral garland around the blade within a plaited frame, the inner face decorated in blue and white enamels with sprays of foliage and two ovals each filled with differing trophies-of-arms, down-curved quillon decorated with an enamelled flowerhead on each face, knuckle-guard interrupted by a trophy-of-arms oval and quillon-block en suite, the latter with a pair of issuant arms formed as scrolling tendrils (one chipped), ovoid pommel decorated with an enamelled trophy-of-arms oval front and back and with a flower on each side, and the grip decorated with further trophies, garland and foliage en suite small dents, the enamel with losses)
73.0 cm; 28 3/4 in blade

The unusual technique displayed on this hilt is an apparent variation of French plating. See La-Niece (ed). 1993, pp. 211-213.
Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 247
PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANT FAMILY OF ARTHUR RICHARD DUFTY CBE, (1911-1993), MASTER OF THE ROYAL ARMOURIES (1963-76) AND PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES (1978- 81)

A FINE FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH PASTE-SET SILVER-GILT HILT, PARIS, 1778-9
with hollow-triangular blade etched and gilt with scrolling foliage, trophies and an allegorical figure on a blued panel at the forte, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising oval shell-guard chased with a series of raised foliate rondels between panels of foliage and punched linear ornament, the inner face with a matching arrangement of flower heads in faceted pastes within paste frames and enriched with further engraved and punched panels en suite (one paste missing), stamped beneath the washer with Paris and the makers marks including the letters 'IR' a sword between, a pair of straight quillons swelling at the terminals, a pair of pas d' āne, knuckle-guard interrupted by a central floral moulding, tall fluted pommel, threaded button, decorated throughout with faceted pastes in raised settings, those on the grip and pommel separated by long gilt flutes, and the principle borders enriched with faceted beadwork and roping, on an early leather scabbard with silver locket and chape
76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in blade

Provenance
Christie's, King Street, 20th October 1969, lot 142.

A sword with a related hilt was sold in these rooms, 9th December 2009, lot 226. Another is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 26.145.302. See Dean 1929, plate LXXV, no. 90.
Estimate:  £3500 - 4500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 248
PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANT FAMILY OF ARTHUR RICHARD DUFTY CBE, (1911-1993), MASTER OF THE ROYAL ARMOURIES (1963-76) AND PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES (1978- 81)

A FINE AND RARE RUSSIAN SMALL-SWORD WITH GOLD-ENCRUSTED CHISELLED IRON HILT, TULA, CIRCA 1780-90
with slender tapering hollow-triangular blade etched and gilt with the crowned Imperial Tula arms, russet iron hilt comprising oval shell-guard with delicate beadwork border, the inner surface encrusted with garlands of flowers in three colours of gold, curled quillon with delicately formed ball terminal, a pair of pas d'āne and knuckle-guard each en suite with the quillon, the latter encrusted with a gold bouquet front and back, quillon-block, well formed urn-shaped pommel with brass fluted bud-shaped threaded button (an early association) and solid grip all encrusted with bouquets in three colours of gold en suite (small losses)
83.5 cm; 33 in blade

The arms manufacture in Tula started in the 16th century with iron workshops utilising local ores. In 1595, following a ukase (decree) of the Tsar thirty armourers were appointed to make firearms and edged weapons for the army and settled there with their families, forming the Crown Armourers' quarter. On 15th February 1712 a decree was issued, setting out the construction of a new arms factory which had a considerable output due to the demands of the protracted Great Northern War with Sweden (1700-21). Following the Russian victory and decreased demands by the army the factories occupied themselves with the manufacture and decoration of hunting, luxury and personal weapons. In 1748 a dedicated workshop for sword manufacture, including those for dress, was established. The Tula armourers enjoyed the right, granted by the crown, to practise their trade in home workshops when they had completed the factory's annual quota. Standards were set high and Tula work has since been prized for is technical accomplishment as well as its artistic merit as is evident on the present sword. See Mavrodin 1977, pp. 5-7. A sword with related hilt was sold Sotheby's, Billingshurst, 14th July 1998, lot 21.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 249
§A COMPOSITE TRANSITIONAL SWORD, LATE 17TH CENTURY
with two-stage blade of flattened-diamond section over the upper portion and inlaid with brass scrolls over the lower, iron double shell-guard formed of figure-of-eight shaped bars with a central moulding front and back and fitted with a pair of finely pierced sprung-in plates, horizontally recurved quillons (one bent) with swollen fluted terminals, fluted ovoid pommel, and spirally carved ivory grip (cracked)
70.5 cm; 27 3/4 in blade

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 250
A TRANSITIONAL SMALL-SWORD CIRCA 1680
with blade of flattened-hexagonal section retaining traces of a bladesmith's stamp within a pair of short fullers on each side, fluted iron hilt including double shell-guard, a pair of flattened quillons swelling towards the terminals, a pair of arms, and ovoid pommel, and later grip bound with plaited wire and Turks' heads
84.5 cm; 33 in blade
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 251
A COMPOSITE SMALL SWORD, 18TH CENTURY
with earlier blade stamped 'Hans Moun Solindio' within a short fuller on each side, steel hilt including shallow bowl-shaped guard, and the quillon, knuckle-guard, pommel and grip each decorated with a faceted pattern
91.7 cm; 36 1/8 in blade
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 252
A SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON, 1720
with tapering hollow-triangular blade with traces of engraved foliage over the lower portion, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, including asymmetrical shell-guard decorated with an amorous couple on the inner and outer faces, globular quillon decorated with foliage, knuckle-guard interrupted by a central moulding, quillon-block and pommel all en suite with the shell, and the grip bound with plaited wire between silver collars
73.5 cm; 29 in blade

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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